What I’m Reading

An ongoing series of Australian writers delving into the authors they’re reading.

What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Tom Doig
I don’t have a bedside table. Actually, I do have a bedside table, but I’m not sure exactly where it is. My partner and I recently moved house—from a tiny East Brunswick unit into a place two or three times ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Lorelei Vashti
A few months ago I moved out to the Dandenongs, which meant I started driving more, which meant I started listening to audiobooks more, which meant I became obsessed with Audible.com, more. I’ve listened to more books in the past ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Graeme Simsion
Who has time to read? I’m in output mode, as my character Don Tillman would say. That’s a simplification of the reason that I have not read much fiction lately. But I find that reading others’ work while I’m creating ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Nic Low
Beside the bed in Melbourne: Three kindles. All loaded full of books. All broken. We know any given e-reader will eventually become obsolete. Mine are early. — On the train to Castlemaine: George Saunders, Tenth of December. I had a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Bethanie Blanchard
Every week when I visit my GPO box it’s filled with new books from publishing houses, wrapped in cardboard packages like I’m living some sort of year-long, literary Christmas. Along with the classics I wish to get to, novels I ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sofija Stefanovic
My friend Lorelei and I set aside a day each week for creative activities. One of our projects was to write a screenplay for a throm-com (thriller-romantic-comedy—yes, we coined the term). We soon realised we were doing much more time-wasting ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Christopher Currie
I recently emptied out the laundry basket that sits under my bed that holds—along with the requisite unread New Yorkers and optimistic scarves and beanies of a sub-tropical inhabitant—all the books I’m currently ‘reading’. I use this word in the ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Michelle Law
I got hooked on reading memoirs written by comedians last year when I decided that I wanted to move to Chicago and study comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City and become the next Dan Aykroyd or Stephen Colbert, ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Laura Kroetsch
I am above all a reader, one who has yet to be discouraged by this world of too many words. Reading is what I do best, and I confess that it is my favorite part of my job. Curating a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Brett Sheehy
It’s an unforgivable ‘if not for…’, but here goes: if not for Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson would have been one of the greatest American presidents of all time. But Vietnam happened, and Johnson’s pride and warped view of what ‘defeat’ would ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Kate Middleton
I’m one of those readers who always keep a stack of books by me; my bedside table pile has an accompanying bedside floor mountain next to it. My handbag inevitably holds three or more books that I’m reading simultaneously. Perhaps ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Frank Atkinson
The two books I just finished could not be more different; May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes and The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. I happily finished the latter during an unexpected bout of ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
I have been delinquent in the reading department since 1) leaving the 2012 Melbourne Writers’ Festival (where books were flung at us regularly from every publisher in the land) and 2) finishing selection for Going Down Swinging #33. You would ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Meanjin Interns
Elyse Wurm We all have gaps in our literary knowledge: novels we never got around to reading and that continue to slip through our rigorous book selection process. My literary gap is more embarrassing than most and so it is ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Livia Albeck-Ripa
The answer to, ‘What are you reading?’ isn’t the same as, ‘What’s on your bedside table?’ when you’re caught in the thrall of Homeland. Yes, despite the average dialogue and Clare Danes’ histrionics, my boyfriend and I are addicted. It’s ...